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Growing Peppers: How to Grow Bell and Chili Peppers

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

bell and chili peppers

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  • There are many different types of peppers, from sweet to flaming hot. Popular pepper varieties include bell, Chile, banana, Hungarian, cayenne, jalapeno, Serrano, habañeros and others
  • Peppers need lots of sun and grow best in deep, loamy, well-drained soil where peppers have not previously been grown. Growing instructions for bell peppers and chili peppers are provided
  • Aphids infestation can be addressed by releasing ladybugs in your garden. Instructions for proper introduction to create an ongoing lifecycle are included

Bell peppers and chili peppers are common staples that add flavor and color to your meals. They're also easy to grow, even in small spaces. The heat of peppers is measured in Scoville heat units. A green pepper scores a zero on the scale, jalapeño peppers earn around 2,500 to 4,000 and Mexican habaneros, 200,000 to 500,000 units.


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